EU officials described Solana's regional tour, which will also take him to
Speaking to reporters at Beirut airport, Solana said that his regional touris "very important", stressing that it is taking place ahead of an Arab summitdue to be held in Saudi Arabia later this month.
Although Solana said that the "engagement of the European Union with
The EU's foreign policy chief will travel tomorrow to
Correspondents say Solana's visit to
On Wednesday, Solana is expected to make his first visit to
The veto followed the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, whicha UN panel blamed on
On his expected meeting with Syrian President Basharal-Assad, Solana said: "I hope we will have a good exchange of views.I hope it will be ... constructive."
In another possible sign of increasing re-acceptance of
- "Lebanese solution"
"He (Berri) said he will try to be of help ... I come out of themeeting more optimistic than when I went in," Solana told a newsconference after meeting the Hezbollah-allied ParliamentSpeaker.
"The EU will do as much as it can to help you," Solana said,pointing to the large European presence in the UN peacekeeping force insouthern Lebanon which was beefed up after last year's devastating war betweenIsrael and the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.
Last week, rival Lebanese political leaders held talks that raised hopes ofa possible solution to end the power struggle between the anti-Syrianmajority coalition and the opposition which includes Hezbollah.
However, Lebanese politicians didn't provide any details of thediscussions and the only agreement reached at the meeting appeared to be tomeet again for further talks.
The opposition fears that the tribunal, which still has towin parliamentary backing, may be used as a political tool.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16